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Introductory presentation at the UrbanIxD Summer School in Split, Croatia, 24 Aug - 1 Sept, 2013


  • 1. Welcome to the UrbanIxD Summer School Michael Smyth Centre for Interaction Design Edinburgh Napier University, UK @michael_smyth Sunday, 25 August 13
  • 2. The UrbanIxD projectconcerns the Research of, and Design for, the point of contact between people and urban technologies. We are building a network of researchers working on urban technologies from the human perspective. We have partners in UK, Italy, Denmark, Croatia Sunday, 25 August 13
  • 3. The UrbanIxD project is working towards the production of a research manifesto of future research directions. Sunday, 25 August 13
  • 4. One of the stages in this process is why we are all here in Split, at the UrbanIxD Summer School, #urbanixdsummerschool. Sunday, 25 August 13
  • 5. Seams and Boundaries in the Hybrid City The Hybrid City is an environment that comprises both the tangible and the virtual. It is a place where data resides at the boundaries of the physical and the digital. Sunday, 25 August 13
  • 6. What are the products and services that citizens of the near future will use to create and consume data in the Hybrid City? Sunday, 25 August 13
  • 7. The goal of the Summer School is the production of fictional concepts that explore the active role of citizens as designers, users and inhabitants in the emerging Hybrid City of the near-future. The outputs from the Summer School will feed into a series of exhibitions and events planned for 2014. Sunday, 25 August 13
  • 8. We live in a world where everything seems possible and as a consequence have lost the sense of wonder. Branko Lukic, NonObject, MIT Press (2011) Sunday, 25 August 13
  • 9. Where do these moments of design inspiration come from? Sunday, 25 August 13
  • 10. Critical Design acts as a catalyst or provocation for thought (Anthony Dunne, 1999). Sunday, 25 August 13
  • 11. Critical Design centres on the design of tangible future scenarios that humanise the future and reveal needs, values and priorities. Sunday, 25 August 13
  • 12. UN Habitat report on populations moving to cities - just over 50% of the world's population now live in cities. Sunday, 25 August 13
  • 13. In Europe the figure is over 70% Europe is a dense continentand the major lived experience of people is an urban one. Sunday, 25 August 13
  • 14. Europe is the region with the highest Internetpenetration rate in the world 75%, followed bythe Americas 61%. In2011, more than 70% of European households had access to the Internet at home. Sunday, 25 August 13
  • 15. But this is an average -The regional differences in Internet access within the EUwere large,from 26% of some areas ofBulgaria, to 95% or more in areas of the Netherlands. Sunday, 25 August 13
  • 16. The future is already here it's just not evenly distributed. William Gibson,The Economist, 2003 Sunday, 25 August 13
  • 17. The city is a mesh of heterogenous networks. Not just official governmental, institutional and commercial levels but also as a mesh of hybrid human networks. Sunday, 25 August 13
  • 18. In 2011 there were 741 million mobile phone subscriptions in Europe. That's 1.2 SIM cards per person. The average age of first phone ownership is 7 years old. Sunday, 25 August 13
  • 19. More than 70% of homeless people in London own a mobile phone (Kwon & van Boeijen, 2012). Sunday, 25 August 13
  • 20. The vision of Ubicomp is one of seamless interfaces, connecting into invisible, distributed, pervasive and ubiquitous computing Sunday, 25 August 13
  • 21. Interactions create data, often personal data relating to individuals, and if our interactions are "seamless" this raises serious questions around the visibility of what happens to that data. Sunday, 25 August 13
  • 22. Smart Cities projects tend to take a Big Picture view of systems, considering technology from an infrastructural perspective - the bird's eye view of the city. But this is not how we naturally experience it. Sunday, 25 August 13
  • 23. Urban Interaction Design addresses the intersection of people with the data rich city Sunday, 25 August 13
  • 24. The Summer School has a focus on learning through doing. You will learn about Urban Interaction Design through the work that you do as part of the multidisciplinary Atelier Groups that are at the core of the event. Sunday, 25 August 13
  • 25. But most of all you will learn from your fellow participants as they will posses ideas and skills that, we hope, will cause you to reflect on how and why, you do what you do. Sunday, 25 August 13
  • 26. There will be presentations from practitioners and researchers. Sunday, 25 August 13
  • 27. In the Summer School Reader we have included 2 working documents from the UrbanIxD project. The first addresses the emerging trends in urban interaction design, while the second reflects on the importance of interaction design for smart urban living. Sunday, 25 August 13
  • 28. Each piece hints at directions and themes that you might like to consider, they reflect our thinking in this nascent field. Sunday, 25 August 13
  • 29. The Summer School is a chance to go beyond the limits of design definitions, to re- think what design is today and to explore the role it plays in society through critical design practice. Sunday, 25 August 13
  • 30. For 9 days in Split, you have the opportunity to regain your sense of wonder. It is a chance to seek out those indicators and signs that just might provide insight into our shared urban futures. Sunday, 25 August 13
  • 31. A possible place to begin is at the marginal zones of the city, the space between and beyond buildings where data ebbs and flows with time and place. This is a place where citizens seek to understand the urban environment through situated interaction. Sunday, 25 August 13
  • 32. The Summer School is just the beginning of our journey. Sunday, 25 August 13